Human Life is not just a conglomeration of matter. If it were just matter, man would not seek for comfort. Matter does not feel comfort, beauty or ugliness, love or compassion, joy or sorrow. These finer values belong to the realm of the spirit. Human life is a proportioned combination of both matter and spirit. Spirit represents finer values such as peace, love, joy, beauty, unlimited knowledge and the capacity to understand mind and matter. Jaipur in Rajasthan is the charismatic tourist destination where spiritualism could distinctly be experienced.
All human activities are directed towards a single goal of happiness or comfort which does not come from material alone. Comfort is a quality of consciousness and depends upon the attitude and understanding of a person. In the pursuit of materialism, man incessantly struggles for accumulation of wealth or ‘suvidha-sangraha’. Yet, happiness remains a mirage in the Thar Desert, surrounding the charismatic ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. The centre point of spiritualism lies in the adoration of God that ultimately makes one to realize that consciousness is peace and life without spiritualism becomes, unhappy, depressed and miserable. A visit to Jaipur is the best mean of spiritual enlightenment.
The spiritual journey to Jaipur can start with a visit to the Galta Temple that enshrines ‘Sun God’ the source of all energies on the earth. The temple can be reached by travelling 10 km from Jaipur. It is located on a small hillock and draws eyes of visitors because pink stones of which it is constructed. The next spiritual destination for visitors would be the Govind Devji temple that enshrines Lord Krishna. The temple is crowded with devotees on the occasion of Krishna Janmastami or the birth day of Lord Krishna. They get amazed at the sight of the jet black statue of Radhikaji and Govind Devji.
Those believing in Vaastu Shastra would be amazed to see how effectively this Hindu Science of construction of buildings, residential buildings, forts, temples apartments and a whole human habitat. The old city of Jaipur is loosely divided into traditional artisans’ quarters. Each quarter is shaped rectangular, being demarcated by avenues. One can find the main bazaars named as Zohari Bazar, Tripoli Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Chandpol Bazaar.
A guided tour of 30minutes in Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, an observatory, reveals the wondrous means of observing time from the shadow of the sun, with its 27 meter high gnomon. Every building and construction in the city is colored ‘pink’ that is symbolic of hospitality that was specifically intended to welcome King Edward VII in the year 1876.
A spiral climb up the Iswari Minar Swarga Sal in Jaipur gives a perfect an complete view of the ‘Pink City’. The Hawa Mahal, a five-storey palace, constructed out of pink sandstone, in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for enabling the royal ladies to watch the life and procession of the city folk. Travelling 8 km north of Jaipur, one can reach the Nahargarh Fort which now stands as a good picnic spot. Other places of attraction are The City Palace,SRC Museum of Indology and Royal Gaitor.
A visit to Jaipur not only enlightens spiritually, it affords opportunity to understand the self and refresh mind for pursuing an efficient schedule of work.